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Jamu Lodge offers sustainable travel and ecotourism vacations to one of the most interesting and diverse places in the world: the Amazon Rainforest. It is situated along the Cuyabeno River and 15min from the wonderful Laguna Grande. Our eco-friendly destination is the perfect setting for an amazing jungle trip combined with luxury accommodation. Several activities and excursions are available during your stay. Activities include cultural visits to the Siona Community, where you will learn their customs, educational treks through primary forests, night walks, a swim in the Laguna Grande, and more.
Quito – Cuyabeno
Today we will take trasnsportation to Lago Agrio town (private option upon request). Upon arrival, we will go by private bus to the entrance of Cuyabeno River (2 hours), where we will have a box lunch. At this point the visitors have to register in the Protected Area. Our naturalist guide will provide you information about the Reserve, important recommendations and other tips to begin the two hours navigation on the Cuyabeno River to reach Jamu Lodge in the afternoon.
At that time you will be shown to your rooms and you can relax a little. After a siesta, we will leave the camp for a swim in the lagoon and to admire a beautiful sunset in the middle of the Laguna Grande. Then, we will return to the camp for dinner. You will spend the night in bungalows with double beds and mosquito nets.
Meals Included: Dinner, lunch
After breakfast we will have a trek in the primary forest for 3 to 4 hours, where your guide will explain how the complex tropical ecosystem works. You will be able to learn about medicinal plants and might be able to see some exotic birds or monkeys. Then, we will return to the camp for lunch and a siesta. In the afternoon, we will go to the lagoon, have a swim and watch the sunset.
With a little luck we can observe the pink river dolphins or an anaconda sunbathing in a tree. After that, we will return to the camp for dinner, and take a canoe night ride to look for caimans.
Option 2: Visit to the Indigenous Community
After breakfast, we depart to head to the Siona Community of Puerto Bolivar, the largest ethnic group in the Reserve. During this tour you will learn their customs, traditions and their lifestyle. You will learn about the Casabe elaboration; a local dish of the region made of yucca (carbohydrates are the principal food of the community). We will also visit the Shaman of the community to hear secrets about life in the jungle.
The trip takes 1 hour navigation downstream to get there, on the way, it will be possible to admire the existing fauna along the Rio Cuyabeno such as: birds, monkeys, snakes, pink dolphins, tortoises and many others. This is a full day excursion with lunch in the Community. After that we return to the lodge for a nocturnal hike through the primary forest to admire some insects, spiders, geckos or scorpions, and to listen to the sounds of the jungle. Finally, we will have dinner and spend the night in the lodge.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early in the morning enjoy an optional bird-watching excursion. Back at the lodge we will have breakfast and start the journey back upstream on the Cuyabeno River. Box lunch at the bridge. Finally, the bus will take you back to Lago Agrio town. Return to Quito.
Meals Included: Breakfast